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Hi I'm Mauricio

I was born in Mexico, grew up in California and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born in Mexico and my dad moved our family to the United States when I was about 6 years old. I learned the English language and when I graduated high school I decided to attend college. That was one of the reasons my parents brought us to this country. I attended school for a few semesters and then went on a mission for two years in the Ohio Cleveland area. I met wonderful people there from all walks of life and all types of beliefs. Other than sharing my faith with them, I got to enjoy the beautiful fall and winter seasons. In 2007 I returned to school and later met a sweet girl that I now call wife. At this time, I am taking my last courses to graduate with a degree in Liberal Studies and Spanish.

Why I am a Mormon

In high school I had some LDS friends that I hung out with. When I went to their house I felt different, it was a different atmosphere than what I was used to in my home. I noticed they didn't swear or do dumb highschooler things. One day I was invited to dinner. When I arrived I was introduced to the missionaries and after dinner the missionaries shared a short spiritual message with the family. I was then asked by them if I would like to learn more about their faith. I said sure and soon was being taught the basic beliefs of this church. The belief that truly caught my attention was that God had given men his priesthood, the power and authority from God, to men since the beginning of time and that it had been restored in our day. All this sounded good and true, but what was nicest of all was that they invited me to study and pray. I read the Book of Mormon and after reading, I knelt down and prayed to truly know whether it was all true. When I was done praying I can honestly tell you that I felt good, I felt really good. I knew that which had been taught to me was true. After a few more lessons I was invited to follow my Savior's example and be baptized, which I accepted. It was not an easy thing because my parents were really against it, but I knew I had recievd an answer from God and was baptized on May 11, 2002.

How I live my faith

I love to serve and I have great opportunities to do so as a member of the church. I love my Savior's example of service and I try to serve as He did. My wife and I are in a small Spanish-speaking congregation, also known as a branch in church terms. There are about 40 members and I love serving them. I love going to the Sacramento Temple with my wife. I love going there because it allows me to leave all my worries behind and be filled with happiness and hope. When I come home I feel like I have been recharged for the following weeks. I hope to serve in different capacities that will strengthen my testimony and help others strengthen theirs.

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

We believe that we are all God's children and if possible we will help those in need. I know that the Church is one of the first ones to arrive after a natural disaster has happened. We try to be Christ-like and serving all of God's children is part of our fellowship. Show more Show less